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BUCA Championship


On the weekend of the 22/23 February, we took part in the British University Chess Championships. The team was made up of Dominik Csiba, Boris Mitrovic, David Oswald and myself. Despite having to wake up in the early hours of Saturday morning to catch our flight, team spirits were high, and we were hoping for a repeat of our winning performance back in 2012.

This year the tournament had a new venue, the Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn. The rooms and playing hall were very nice, and David even made use of the swimming pool and jacuzzi before the first round!

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Yes2Chess was one of the many interesting projects offered during Innovative Learning week by the University of Edinburgh

Our annual ILW event ‘Yes to Chess 2’ occurred on the 19th February.
International Master Dominik Csiba and FIDE Master Gabriel Petesch gave
lectures to an advanced and beginner’s classes respectively.
Gabe’s lesson revolved around how to get out of the opening safely and
with a playable position, by following the basic opening principles. He
then continued into developing calculation skills when analysing
variations in the middlegame using the candidate moves approach, as well
as learning how to evaluate positions.

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Coaching Session with GM Jacob Aagaard

Coaching Session with Jacob Aagaard (University of Edinburgh Chess Society)

Jacob Aargard is a world renowned teacher in his field. He has held numerous awards for his work, is a former British champion, runs a successful consultancy and publishing company, and is a highly coveted coach. His field? Chess. A day with Jacob is the equivalent of Arsene Wenger popping down to the Peffermill Playing Fields to coach the university football team.

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